Natsamaht Indigenous place and Totem pole on campus

Faculty/staff profile

Counsellor

Sylvie Cottell

BFA, MA, DVATI, RCC

(she/her)

I was born on Musqueam territory and have been blessed to be a visitor on Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories since 2000. I am part of an extended family with Indigenous and Euro-Settler roots. My role at Camosun College is to support students to be successful in their studies by providing short-term, confidential counselling support.

I approach my work from a place of deep compassion that comes from my own experience of being on this human journey. I strive to create a healing conversation that honours the fullness of who you are and I believe you carry the resources within yourself to attain the changes you desire. I also understand how central your worldview is to living a rich and meaningful life.

It is my passion to help others to live more congruently with their core values, despite the challenges that arise in day to day living. With your unique lived experience in mind, I draw on knowledge I have gained through training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Somatic Transformation and Art Therapy.

In addition to my work at Camosun, I have an art practice that integrates photography, painting, and drawing.